It’s that time of year – the time of family get-togethers and celebrations. I don’t know about you, but it’s unbelievably refreshing to be able to be gathering again with friends and family after a couple of crazy years in our world. The Whyte family wanted to commemorate their family occasion by getting some family photos as a group and individual families. Definitely a fan of this! It gives you the chance to look back for years to come at this stage of life, reliving the memories of this moment in years to come. After looking at a few other photo sessions I've done recently, they asked to do their extended family portraits in Hastings at LeDuc Historic Estates, a Civil War-era Gothic Revival home built in the 1860s.
Maia and Paul are a sweet Cottage Grove couple who are adding a little baby boy any day now. I love these last few moments before baby comes into the world. While it feels like a lifetime of waiting in the moment, looking back on it, it truly does go by fast! This is why it is so important to document this stage of life, so when they reached out and said they decided to do maternity photos, I was totally game to get them on the calendar.
What you will not see here is the picture we recreated from this family’s childhood. Yep, I’m sorry, but I am not stealing that thunder. But it leaves you to think. This. This is why I do photography, this is why I capture families. It is to freeze these temporary moments into a lifetime’s worth of photos, to capture the smallness, the specialness of the family bonds, and the oh-so-cute dimples at that stage – and possibly even the style of the era! Once again, I am left so beyond grateful to get to hang out with amazing families like this on beautiful nights and capture these special moments.
Derek and Krystal chose an intimate wedding in Ohio at a beautiful venue that looked like an awesome castle. They are two people who love to just hang and relax with those that they love; so while searching online, they came across Saint Paul Brewing and asked family members to go check to see if it would be a spot that would work for a reception. Their family members fell in love and they booked the space, a perfect intimate reception for their Minnesota friends and family to celebrate their wedding eight months ago. Friends, family, food, and lots of fun throughout the night left the impression how these two are truly excited for this stage of life and loving each moment of it.
I love summer family photos! The beautiful weather and the chance to run around with adorable kiddos in God’s creation while taking their photos is beyond an honor. The beautiful weather doesn’t always come, and life doesn’t always work perfectly as planned, so this was our third time trying to take the photos. We finally had a night that would work, so we seized the evening and enjoyed our time at Highlands Park for their family photos.
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